Injured Nick Kyrgios forced to withdraw from Rotterdam event

Nick Kyrgios’ wait to make his debut at the Rotterdam Open will continue for another year as he has been forced to withdraw.

The world No 14 picked up an elbow injury during Australia’s Davis Cup defeat to Germany last week and he has not recovered sufficiently to be at his best during the tournament.

“I was really looking forward to finally making my debut in Rotterdam in front of the great Dutch crowd that I have heard so much about but unfortunately I injured my elbow during the Davis Cup in Brisbane, I have tried to do all I can to be ready to play and have left the withdrawal as late as possible but unfortunately I ran out of time and won’t be able to play,” he said in a statement.

“I wish Richard [Krajicek] and the organising team the very best for another great event and I hope to finally be in Rotterdam in 2019.”

Viktor Troicki from Serbia will replace Kyrgios in the draw.

The Rotterdam will still have a very strong field as Roger Federer has accepted a late world while Alexander Zverev, Stan Wawrinka, Grigor Dimitrov and Alexander Zverev have all signed up.